Best Music Movies of 1988

1.

Hairspray

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

'Pleasantly Plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

Starring: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Vitamin C, Michael St. Gerard, Clayton Prince, Mink Stole ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1988-02-16
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Moonwalker
2.

Moonwalker

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A movie that starts out with the "Man in the Mirror" music video, it then changes to a montage of video clips of Michael's career. Next comes a parody of his Bad video by children, and then Michael is chased by fans in a fantasy sequence. 2 more videos are shown, and then a movie in which Michael plays a hero with magical powers. In it he is chased by drug dealer Mr. Big and saves three children. Videos included in the movie are "Smooth Criminal" and "Come Together".

Starring: Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Mick Jagger, Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker, Brandon Quintin Adams, Maurissa Tancharoen, Ben Aaron, Bilal, Brent Kelly ..
Directed by: Colin Chilvers, Jim Blashfield, Jerry Kramer, Will Vinton
Release date: 1988-10-29
3.

Let's Get Lost

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

Documentary about jazz great Chet Baker that intercuts footage from the 1950s, when he was part of West Coast Cool, and from his last years. We see the young Baker, he of the beautiful face, in California and in Italy, where he appeared in at least one movie and at least one jail cell (for drug possession). And, we see the aged Baker, detached, indifferent, his face a ruin. Includes interviews with his children and ex-wife, women companions, and musicians.

Starring: Chet Baker ..
Directed by: Bruce Weber
Release date: 1988-09-15
4.

Powaqqatsi

4.0
7.3/10 IMDB

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Release date: 1988-04-29
5.

Earth Girls Are Easy

4.0
5.4/10 IMDB

In this musical comedy, Valerie is dealing with her philandering fiancé, Ted, when she finds that a trio of aliens have crashed their spaceship into her swimming pool. Once the furry beings are shaved at her girlfriend's salon, the women discover three handsome men underneath. After absorbing the native culture via television, the spacemen are ready to hit the dating scene in 1980s Los Angeles.

Starring: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Jim Carrey, Julie Brown, Charles Rocket, Michael McKean, Larry Linville, Rick Overton, Diane Stilwell ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1988-05-12
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
6.

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

The final 17 years of American singer and musician Karen Carpenter, performed almost entirely by modified Barbie dolls. The first film from Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, I'm Not There), Superstar is a hauntingly beautiful biopic that garnered immediate praise among the local film community but quickly received 2 cease-and-desist letters from Mattel, the maker of Barbie, and Karen Carpenter's family. To this day, this movie has not seen further release.

Starring: Merrill Gruver, Michael Edwards, Melissa Brown, Rob LaBelle, Cynthia Schneider, Todd Haynes, Bruce Tuthill, Gwen Kraus, Nannie Doyle, Larry Kole ..
Directed by: Todd Haynes
Release date: 1988-04-30
7.

U2: Rattle and Hum

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A concert movie on an unprecedented scale, Rattle And Hum captures U2 - on and off the stage - during their triumphant Joshua Tree tour. From the giant technicolour stadium celebrations to the black-and-white intensity of the indoor shows, this is U2 at their best. Follow the group across America, exploring new influences, playing with the legendary B.B. King from Dublin to Graceland.

Starring: Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, U2 ..
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Release date: 1988-11-04
8.

Distant Voices, Still Lives

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series (along with "Trilogy" and "The Long Day Closes") is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.

Starring: Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Dean Williams, Sally Davies, Susan Flanagan, Nathan Walsh, Michael Starke, Debi Jones ..
Directed by: Terence Davies
Release date: 1988-09-29
9.

The Cat Came Back

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A pesky yellow cat becomes the bane of Mr. Johnson's life as it constantly outsmarts his increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it.

Starring: Richard Condie ..
Directed by: Cordell Barker
Release date: 1988-06-22
Best Music Movies of 1988 : The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
10.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

An exploration of the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on glam metal. It features concert footage and interviews of legendary heavy metal and hard rock bands and artists such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Megadeth, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne and W.A.S.P..

Starring: Dave Mustaine, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Holmes, Lemmy, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, C.C. DeVille ..
Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
Release date: 1988-06-17

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